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Heartlines Spec

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Heartlines Spec is an online speculative magazine focused on long-term friendships and relationships. It's the comfort of the known, the fierce hug of someone that knows you best.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    14-51 days*
    Editor reported data
    11 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 3500 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 3500

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQ+ Stories, Science Fiction, Speculative

Payment: CA$ 0.08 per word

Give us deep space, dusty frontiers, or dreamy fantasy. We want stories with strong, confident relationships amid all the sci-fi/fantasy.


Max pieces: 5

Payment: CA$ 60 per piece

Give us deep space, dusty frontiers, or dreamy fantasy. We want poetry with strong, confident relationships amid all the sci-fi/fantasy.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Heartlines welcomes submissions from writers of all identities. If you are comfortable, we encourage writers to indicate their intersections in their cover letter. Disclosure is not a requirement to submit, and we recognize that not all people are safe to disclose their identities.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Black font on a white background Title and author name on the front page Word count included on short stories Please send files as doc, docx, or rtf

  • Author's rights

    We are purchasing first publication rights, to revert back to the author after one year.

  • Additional info

    We're looking for short fiction and poetry focused on long-term relationships: platonic, romantic, or familial. We don't want the blaze of new love or the obsession of a new friend. We want pieces that show that comfort that develops when people know each other for years. We are especially interested in stories featuring queer platonic relationships, ace/aro love stories, and polycules. Our goal for each issue is to publish at least 50% Canadian content. We're looking to feature writers identifying as being from Canada/Turtle Island. This includes expats, refugees and displaced people living in Canada, new immigrants, and people who refuse/resist Canadian Identity*. At the moment we will be allowing writers to submit twice during the submission period. If a work is rejected, a writer may resubmit another piece that they think might be a better fit.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

11 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

3 days

Fastest response time

27 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 33 days

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12-month average acceptance rate

11 days

12-month average response time

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Heartlines Spec is a Canadian SFF short fiction and poetry magazine focused on long-term relationships: platonic, romantic, or familial. We publish stories and poetry with strong, confident relationships amid all the sci-fi/fantasy. We release three times a year with over 13 pieces of original cont...

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